What We Did On Our Holiday

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What We Did On Our Holiday

96 min - Comedy - 9 Sep 2014

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What We Did On Our Holiday

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What We Did On Our Holiday

96 min - Comedy - 9 Sep 2014

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The Equalizer

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The Equalizer

132 min - Mystery & Suspense - 26 Sep 2014

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Draft Day

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Draft Day

107 min - Drama - 3 Oct 2014

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Dolphin Tale 2

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Dolphin Tale 2

107 min - Drama,Kids & Family - 3 Oct 2014

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Dracula Untold

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Dracula Untold

93 min - Drama,Action & Adventure,Science Fiction & Fantasy - 3 Oct 2014

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The Rewrite

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The Rewrite

107 min - Comedy - 10 Oct 2014

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The Boxtrolls

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The Boxtrolls

97 min - Action & Adventure,Animation,Kids & Family,Science - 12 Sep 2014

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

114 min - Drama,Action & Adventure - 19 Sep 2014

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One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film

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One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film

96 min - Concert Tour - 11 Oct 2014

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Stephen Fry - More Fool Me - A Memoir - Live

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Stephen Fry - More Fool Me - A Memoir - Live

105 min - Live Comedy & Chat - 1 Oct 2014

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The Riot Club

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The Riot Club

108 min - Drama,Art House & International,Mystery & Suspense - 19 Sep 2014

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Gone Girl

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Gone Girl

148 min - Mystery & Suspense,Drama - 3 Oct 2014

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Magic In The Moonlight

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Magic In The Moonlight

98 min - Drama,Comedy - 19 Sep 2014

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Billy Elliot - The Musical - Encore

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Billy Elliot - The Musical - Encore

210 min - - 3 Oct 2014

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Before I Go To Sleep

Rated 15
Before I Go To Sleep

A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

October

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

Rated 15
A Walk Among The Tombstones

Matt Scudder is an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife,... Read more »

Matt Scudder is an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime... nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.

October

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Boyhood

Rated 15
Boyhood

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklaters BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane , who literally grows up on... Read more »

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklaters BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Masons parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplays Yellow to Arcade Fires Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. Its impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. 

October
Thu 2nd Penwith Film Society - Autumn/Winter 2014 Season

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Dracula Untold

Rated 15
Dracula Untold

Vampire mythology combined with the true history of Prince Vlad tell the origin of Dracula.

October

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The Equalizer

Rated 15
The Equalizer

Denzel Washington plays a former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston. He comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri, and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.

October

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Sex Tape

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Sex Tape

A married couple go on a mad dash to find a stolen sex tape of theirs in this Sony Pictures comedy starring Jason Segel. Bad Teachers Jake Kasdan directs. 

October

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Fruitvale Station

Rated 15
Fruitvale Station

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Cooglers FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant Michael B. Jordan ,... Read more »

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Cooglers FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Years Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasnt been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Years Day. Oscars life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area - and the entire nation - to its very core.

October
Wed 8th Penwith Film Society - Autumn/Winter 2014 Season

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The Rewrite

Rated 12A
The Rewrite

An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.

October
Wed 8th Special Advance Screenings
Thu 9th Special Advance Screenings

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One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film

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One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film

The biggest band in the world and global pop superstars, One Direction, bring their epic ‘Where We Are’ world tour to cinemas all around the world. Across one un-missable weekend this October, join Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis for... Read more »

The biggest band in the world and global pop superstars, One Direction, bring their epic ‘Where We Are’ world tour to cinemas all around the world.

Across one un-missable weekend this October, join Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis for their first ever full One Direction concert experience on the big screen. 

Recorded at Milan’s iconic San Siro stadium, experience the concert, featuring all of One Direction’s biggest hits, plus a 15 minute never before seen interview with the band cut with exclusive backstage tour footage, all in true high definition and 5:1 surround sound.

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October

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Manon - Live - Royal Opera House

Manon - Live - Royal Opera House

Manon Lescaut is a beautiful young woman who falls prey to the moral corruption of 18th-century Paris. Kenneth MacMillan brings Manon’s story vividly to life, with his ballet, which evokes the brutality and decadence described in Abbé Prévost’s infamous novel,... Read more »

Manon Lescaut is a beautiful young woman who falls prey to the moral corruption of 18th-century Paris. Kenneth MacMillan brings Manon’s story vividly to life, with his ballet, which evokes the brutality and decadence described in Abbé Prévost’s infamous novel, as well as the feckless character of Manon herself – torn between love for the poet Des Grieux and her desire for money and attention. The cast of complex characters includes the callous Monsieur GM, the swaggering Jailer, Manon’s roguish brother Lescaut and his coquettish Mistress, but at the ballet’s heart are the duets MacMillan created for Manon and Des Grieux, which are among the most emotionally intense and erotically charged ever choreographed.

Starring

Marianela Núñez and Federico Bonelli

Composer

Jules Massenet

Conductor

Barry Wordsworth

Choreographer

Kenneth MacMillan

Production Information

Ballet in three acts

Running time 155 minutes (approx)

Includes two intervals

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October

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Matisse - Encore - Tate Modern, London

Matisse - Encore - Tate Modern, London

Filmed at the Tate Modern, audiences are invited to enjoy anintimate, behind the scenes tour of the blockbuster Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition. Featuring interviews with experts such as Tate Director, Nicholas Serota, and friends of the artist, plus rare... Read more »

Filmed at the Tate Modern, audiences are invited to enjoy anintimate, behind the scenes tour of the blockbuster Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition. Featuring interviews with experts such as Tate Director, Nicholas Serota, and friends of the artist, plus rare archive footage of Matisse at work, this is an exclusive look into the final chapter in Matisses career as he began carving into colour and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born.

The film features breathtaking new performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky, with a dance reflecting the colours, dynamism and freedom of the cutouts,and jazz musician Courtney Pine who created a jazz piece invoking the golden age of Bebop and jazz greats, the improvisational rhythms of which Matisse compared to his own way of working when making the cut-outs.

These unique personal responses and exclusive access to the exhibition make this a must-see for art lovers worldwide.

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October

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The Legends Of Love - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

The Legends Of Love - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Music  Arif Melikov Libretto Nâz m Hikmet Original choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shireen, is dying. The... Read more »

Music Arif Melikov

Libretto Nâz?m Hikmet

Original choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shireen, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shireen her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shireen falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.

Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.

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October

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I Due Foscari - Live - Royal Opera House

I Due Foscari - Live - Royal Opera House

Plácido Domingo returns to give his first London performances of another major Verdi baritone role. I due Foscari is based on a play by Byron set in 15th-century Venice. The two Foscari of the title are the city’s Doge, Francesco... Read more »

Plácido Domingo returns to give his first London performances of another major Verdi baritone role. I due Foscari is based on a play by Byron set in 15th-century Venice. The two Foscari of the title are the city’s Doge, Francesco Foscari (sung by Domingo) and his son, Jacopo (Francesco Meli), who has been brought back from exile to face charges of treason. Jacopo is innocent, but neither the pleas of Jacopo’s wife Lucrezia (Maria Agresta) nor those of his powerful father are enough to save Jacopo from condemnation by the hostile Council of Twelve. This taut, sombre drama provides the basis for one of Verdi’s most arresting early scores, not heard at the Royal Opera House since 1995 and newly presented in an acclaimed staging by the American director Thaddeus Strassberger, which had a much praised premiere in Los Angeles in 2012 and has gone on to further success in Valencia and Los Angeles.

Starring

Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli, Maria Agresta and Maurizio Muraro

Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Director

Thaddeus Strassberger

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in Italian

Running time 155 minutes (approx)

Including one interval

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October

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Frankenstein - Encore - National Theatre

Rated 15
Frankenstein - Encore - National Theatre

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire , Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch 12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into... Read more »

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

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October
Thu 30th ENCORE, due to Public Demand! Last time to see this award winning Theatre - Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature
Mon 3rd ENCORE, due to Public Demand! Last time to see this award winning Theatre - Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature

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The Vatican Museums

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The Vatican Museums

An extraordinary voyage of discovery to see the most impressive collection of works of art built up over the last two thousand years. Vatican Museums 3D brings Ultra HD 4K 3D film cameras inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel for... Read more »

An extraordinary voyage of discovery to see the most impressive collection of works of art built up over the last two thousand years. Vatican Museums 3D brings Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel for the first time, to show masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Van Gogh and da Vinci to name but a few. Audiences will be led on a unique, spectacular and fascinating tour by the Director of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci, as they gaze upon some of the most famous works of art the world has to offer. 

November
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The Pharaos Daughter - Bolshoi Ballet

The Pharaos Daughter - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Cesare Pugni Libretto Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa Choreography, sets and costumes Pierre Lacotte Cast Svetlana Zakharova Aspicia , Ruslan Skvortsov Lord Wilson and Nina Kaptsova Ramze, Aspicia's slave   Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when... Read more »

Music Cesare Pugni

Libretto Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa

Choreography, sets and costumes Pierre Lacotte

Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Aspicia), Ruslan Skvortsov (Lord Wilson) and Nina Kaptsova (Ramze, Aspicia's slave) 

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life.

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvorstov.

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November

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Lelisir Damore - Live - Royal Opera House

Lelisir Damore - Live - Royal Opera House

Donizetti’s romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging, which matches the piece’s perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor and former Jette Parker Young Artist Daniele Rustioni conducts a starry cast. Lucy Crowe takes... Read more »

Donizetti’s romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging, which matches the piece’s perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor and former Jette Parker Young Artist Daniele Rustioni conducts a starry cast. Lucy Crowe takes the dazzling soprano lead as Adina, the most sophisticated woman in the village, loved from afar by Vittorio Grigolo’s handsome but shy Nemorino. Nemorino meets a worrying rival in Levente Molnár’s braggart Sergeant Belcore, until the love potion sold to him by Bryn Terfel’s larger-than-life travelling quack, Dr Dulcamara, gives him a powerful dose of courage – with both comic and touching results.

Starring

Vittorio Grigolo, Lucy Crowe, Bryn Terfel and Levente Molnár

Composer

Gaetano Donizetti

Conductor

Daniele Rustioni

Director

Laurent Pelly

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in Italian

Running time 165 minutes (approx)

Includes one interval

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November

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Rembrandt - Exhibition On Screen Season

Rembrandt - Exhibition On Screen Season

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major new show, focused on the final years of his life and hosted by Londons National Gallery and Amsterdams Rijks museum, is the biggest in many years. Given exclusive & privileged access... Read more »

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major new show, focused on the final years of his life and hosted by Londons National Gallery and Amsterdams Rijks museum, is the biggest in many years.

Given exclusive & privileged access by both galleries, the film documents this extraordinary show and interweaves Rembrandts life story with the behind the scenes preparations at both institutions. For many, this is the greatest artist that ever lived this film will take a close look at the man behind such acclaim.

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December

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La Bayadere - Bolshoi Ballet

La Bayadere - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Ludwig Minkus Libretto Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov Original choreography Marius Petipa New version Yuri Grigorovich Cast Svetlana Zakharova Nikiya , Maria Alexandrova Gamzatti and Vladislav Lantratov Solor When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in... Read more »

Music Ludwig Minkus

Libretto Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov

Original choreography Marius Petipa

New version Yuri Grigorovich

Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya), Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti) and Vladislav Lantratov (Solor)

When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in secret, they swear eternal mutual fidelity. However, the High Brahmin, who is also in love with Nikiya, overhears them. He rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah, who has decided that Solor will marry his beloved daughter Gamzatti.

La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire, and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India.

Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya) and Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti) bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.

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December

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JOHN - Live - National Theatre

Rated 18
JOHN -  Live  - National Theatre

JOHN  contains adult themes, language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs . Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television,... Read more »

JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+.

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre.

DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards.

The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience.

Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.

Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

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December
Tue 9th JOHN - Contains adult themes, strong language & nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+

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Alices Adventures In Wonderland - Live - Royal Opera House

Alices Adventures In Wonderland - Live - Royal Opera House

Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s book is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognisable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts. Wheeldon,... Read more »

Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s book is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognisable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts.

Wheeldon, along with composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley, have created a genuine family ballet in the spirit of Carroll’s much-loved children’s classic. While regular ballet goers can appreciate nods to other famous works – there’s a parody of the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty, for example, with jam tarts instead of flowers – the ballet is above all a brilliant realisation of Carroll’s zany dream-world featuring stunning choreography, a colourful score and ingenious stage-magic.

Starring

Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli

Composer

Joby Talbot

Conductor

David Briskin

Choreographer

Christopher Wheeldon

Production Information

Ballet in three acts

Running time 175 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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The Nutcracker - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

The Nutcracker - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky Libretto Yuri Grigorovich Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man.... Read more »

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.

This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.

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Girl With A Pearl Earring & Other Treasures - Exhibition On Screen Season

Girl With A Pearl Earring & Other Treasures - Exhibition On Screen Season

After two years on a blockbuster world tour, the Girl with a Pearl Earring has returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, which has just completed extensive renovations. With huge queues lining up for a glimpse of... Read more »

After two years on a blockbuster world tour, the Girl with a Pearl Earring has returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, which has just completed extensive renovations.

With huge queues lining up for a glimpse of her enigmatic beauty and nearly 1.2 million visitors at its stop in Japan, the enduring appeal of this masterpiece is indisputable. The beautifully filmed documentary goes in pursuit of the many unresolved riddles surrounding the extraordinary painting and its mysterious creator Vermeer. Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered?

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January
2015

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Treasure Island - Live - National Theatre

Rated 12A
Treasure Island  - Live - National Theatre

Suitable for 10 years Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are... Read more »

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

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January
2015
Thu 22nd Treasure Island is suitable for children of 10yrs plus - A Great Family & Adult Treat from the National Theatre

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Swan Lake - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Swan Lake - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky Libretto Yuri Grigorovich  Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is... Read more »

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich 

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball. Overcome by the sudden awareness of his future responsibilities, he escapes into the night and meets a strange flock of swans by a magical lake.

White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic woman/swan is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterised by elegance, style and harmony.

With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.

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2015

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Andrea Chenier - Live - Royal Opera House

Andrea Chenier - Live - Royal Opera House

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier 1896 presents a fictionalised account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas and shows why Puccini sometimes feared... Read more »

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalised account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas and shows why Puccini sometimes feared Giordano as a rival. Taking the starring role of Chénier, with its three marvellous arias, is Jonas Kaufmann, Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Chénier’s beloved Maddalena (which includes the great aria ‘La mamma morta’, a favourite with Maria Callas) and Serbian baritone Željko Lu?i? stars as Carlo Gérard – the servant-turned-revolutionary who is Chénier’s rival for the love of Maddalena. With a string of successful productions for The Royal Opera to his name, including Rigoletto and Les Troyens, director David McVicar brings Giordano’s thrilling historical drama back to the Royal Opera House for the first time since 1985 in a stunning new production.

Starring

Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Željko Lu?i?

Composer

Umberto Giordano

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Director

David McVicar

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in Italian

Running time 150 minutes (approx)

Including one interval

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Loves Labours Lost - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Loves Labours Lost - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their pledge than the Princess of... Read more »

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting them with a severe test of resolve.

Shakespeares sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

Christopher Luscombe directs one acting company in both Loves Labours Lost and Loves Labours Won (usually known as Much Ado About Nothing).

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Treasure Island - Encore - National Theatre

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Treasure Island  - Encore - National Theatre

Suitable for 10 years Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are... Read more »

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

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Der Fliegende Hollander - Live - Royal Opera House

Der Fliegende Hollander - Live - Royal Opera House

Wagner’s first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career. In this tale of a captain forced to sail the seas for eternity unless released by the faithful love of a good... Read more »

Wagner’s first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career. In this tale of a captain forced to sail the seas for eternity unless released by the faithful love of a good woman, and the lonely girl who longs to save him, Wagner created two unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion. Tim Albery’s atmospheric 2009 modern-dress staging provides an ideal platform on which Bryn Terfel’s turbulent Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka’s visionary Senta will explore their passions and struggle to find salvation in a hostile world. Admired for his Wagner interpretations with the CBSO and at Bayreuth, Andris Nelsons returns to steer the orchestra through Wagner’s stormy score.

Starring

Bryn Terfel, Adrianne Pieczonka, Peter Rose

Composer

Richard Wagner

Conductor

Andris Nelsons

Director

Tim Albery

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in German

Running time 140 minutes (approx)

No interval

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Loves Labours Won - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Loves Labours Won - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and... Read more »

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeares comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened before peace ultimately wins the day.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeares matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Loves Labours Won, a name possibly given to it during Shakespeares lifetime.

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Romeo & Juliet - Bolshoi Ballet

Romeo & Juliet - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Sergei Prokofiev Libretto Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast Alexander Volchkov Romeo , Anna Nikulina Juliet In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets... Read more »

Music Sergei Prokofiev

Libretto Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast Alexander Volchkov (Romeo), Anna Nikulina (Juliet)

In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets organise a masked ball in honour of their daughter Juliet, Romeo Montague and his friend Mercutio attend incognito because of the hatred that tears the two houses apart. Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, and are distraught when they realise they belong to rival families. 

William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favourite, and is one of the world’s most popular ballets.

Stellar performances by Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina illuminate this masterpiece, making the immortal tale of the lovers of Verona an unforgettable experience.

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La Traviata - Live: English National Opera

La Traviata - Live: English National Opera

English National Opera: La traviata LIVE by Verdi A stunning production of Verdi’s masterpiece which reaches to the heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death.  The production is ideal for newcomers to opera with its contemporary... Read more »

English National Opera: La traviata (LIVE) by Verdi

A stunning production of Verdi’s masterpiece which reaches to the heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death.  The production is ideal for newcomers to opera with its contemporary staging, and a running time of less than two hours.

 

Conductor Roland Boer

Director Peter Konwitschny

Designer Johannes Leiacker

Lighting Designer Joachim Klein

Translator Martin Fitzpatrick

 

Violetta Elizabeth Zharoff

Alfredo Ben Johnson

Germont Anthony Michaels-Moore

Flora Clare Presland

Gaston Paul Hopwood

Baron Douphol Matthew Hargreaves

Marquis d’Obigny Charles Johnston

Dr Grenvil Martin Lamb

Annina Valerie Reid

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Swan Lake - Live - Royal Opera House

Swan Lake - Live - Royal Opera House

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music... Read more »

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music and, though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture. From the earliest days of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Swan Lake has been one of The Royal Ballet’s signature works. In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created by the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy. The court scenes of Acts I and III have a dark glamour rooted in the opulent style of Carl Fabergé, while the famous lakeside ‘white’ acts are rich with mist, shadow and moonlight.

Starring

Cast to be confirmed

Composer

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Conductor

Boris Gruzin

Choreographer

Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Production Information

Ballet in four acts

Running time 180 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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Rise & Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny - Live - Royal Opera House

Rise & Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny - Live - Royal Opera House

A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930. Its first ever Royal Opera staging, by Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames, is sung... Read more »

A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930. Its first ever Royal Opera staging, by Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames, is sung in English, and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth – recently announced as the successor to Edward Gardner as Music Director of English National Opera. Mahagonny is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city. The richly varied, jazz-infused score, influenced by ragtime music, includes such irresistible melodies as the ‘Alabama Song’ and many dramatic ensembles. The superb cast includes Kurt Streit as the wild lumberjack Jimmy, Christine Rice as his sweetheart Jenny, Anne Sofie von Otter in a welcome return to The Royal Opera as the cunning Leokadja Begbick, and Peter Hoare and Willard W. White as her helpers and fellow-fugitives Fatty and Moses.

Starring

Christine Rice, Willard W. White, Anne Sofie von Otter, Kurt Streit, Peter Hoare and Darren Jeffery

Composer

Kurt Weill

Conductor

Mark Wigglesworth

Director

John Fulljames

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in English

Running time 180 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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Vincent Van Gogh - A New Way Of Seeing - Exhibition On Screen Season

Vincent Van Gogh - A New Way Of Seeing - Exhibition On Screen Season

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdams Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world's favourite artists, marking both a major re-showing of the gallery's collection and a celebration of the... Read more »

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdams Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world's favourite artists, marking both a major re-showing of the gallery's collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Goghs death.

Experience the wonder of seeing these masterpieces on the big screen while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the Van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other. Not to be missed.

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Ivan Le Terrible - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Ivan Le Terrible - Live - Bolshoi Ballet

Music Sergei Prokofiev   Libretto Yuri Grigorovich Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and... Read more »

Music Sergei Prokofiev 

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigour, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia.

Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.

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La Fille Mal Gardee - Live - Royal Opera House

La Fille Mal Gardee - Live - Royal Opera House

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original... Read more »

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Starring

Cast to be confirmed

Composer

Ferdinand Hérold

Conductor

Barry Wordsworth

Choreographer

Frederick Ashton

Production Information

Ballet in two acts

Running time 135 minutes (approx)

Including one interval

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2015

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The Pirates Of Penzance - Live: English National Opera

The Pirates Of Penzance - Live: English National Opera

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance LIVE by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh.  Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh Palme d’Or winner and five times Oscar nominee directs his first ever opera for the stage.... Read more »

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance (LIVE) by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh. 

Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh (Palme d’Or winner and five times Oscar nominee) directs his first ever opera for the stage. Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic opera features much-loved favourites including A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One and I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.

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The Impressionists - Exhibition On Screen

The Impressionists - Exhibition On Screen

They are the worlds most popular artists. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas andtheir compatriots fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really Why and how did they paint What lies behind their enduring appeal To... Read more »

They are the worlds most popular artists. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas andtheir compatriots fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really?Why and how did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?To help answer these questions, the film has secured unique access to a major newexhibition focussing on the 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel, theoutspoken champion of Impressionism. This eagerly anticipated exhibition is perhapsthe most comprehensive ever held about the Impressionists. Durand-Ruels bravedecision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 introduced enlightened,wealthy Americans to modern French painting. In doing so, he not only filled greatAmerican galleries with Impressionist masterworks but also kept impressionismalive at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing film willtell his remarkable story along with that of the Impressionists themselves.

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La Boheme - Live - Royal Opera House

La Boheme - Live - Royal Opera House

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving... Read more »

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving attention to period and dramatic detail make his production a masterpiece of realism, while Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs evoke the atmosphere of 19th-century Paris. Several of today’s greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimì, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo. Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini’s most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history.

Starring

Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Lucas Meachem and Jennifer Rowley

Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Conductor

Dan Ettinger

Director

John Copley

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in Italian

Running Time 170 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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2015

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Carmen - Live: English National Opera

Carmen - Live: English National Opera

English National Opera: Carmen LIVE by Bizet. Probably the most popular opera in the world. Carmen scandalised its earliest audiences with its raw depiction of lust in 19th-century Seville. In ENO’s popular production, the action is a full-on battle of... Read more »

English National Opera: Carmen (LIVE) by Bizet.

Probably the most popular opera in the world. Carmen scandalised its earliest audiences with its raw depiction of lust in 19th-century Seville. In ENO’s popular production, the action is a full-on battle of the sexes, fought out in the arena of the Spanish bullring.

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Guillaume Tell - Live - Royal Opera House

Guillaume Tell - Live - Royal Opera House

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty,... Read more »

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt. Rossini’s score is one of his most outstanding, and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles, as those who have heard Antonio Pappano’s admired recording will know. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his debut with what promises to be a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

Starring

Gerald Finley, Malin Byström, John Osborn, Enkelejda Shkosa, Sofia Fomina and Nicolas Courjal

Composer

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Director

Damiano Michieletto

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in French

Running time 240 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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